What does Mr. Selfridge have to do with anything, other than it is about to premiere its second season here in the U.S.? Well, actually more than you would think. Harry Selfridge was the king of the spectacle, the lure, the irresistible bait to bring in the crowds. Modern retail has twisted this into something mostly unrecognizable, unrecognizable with one exception, Macy’s. To this day Macy’s continues the tradition of the spectacle with the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santaland and the spring Flower Show. The Flower Show began at their San Francisco location in 1946. The first Herald Square show was in 1953. It was discontinued in 1966 due to the high cost of fresh flowers but brought back in 1974 and continues to this day.
Celebrating the return to the newly renovated show floor this year they pulled out all the stops, (the last two years the show had been confined to a tractor trailer in the middle of Herald Square). Now… that renovated show floor, another matter entirely and I can’t say as I am pleased with the results. The old Macy’s was a thing of beauty with rich warm woods and a sense of grandeur and history. But that is a discussion for another day. By now I am sure you are saying… bring on the flowers!! So, here we go:
The centerpiece and star of the show is the Lady in Red. She towers above as you enter through the main doors. With thousands of blossoms and a stately air about her, she is the perfect start to the flower show experience.
What is a spectacle without a guide? Regular tours are scheduled throughout the day.
The Bouquet of the Day, a butterfly’s delight!
This is as good a place as any to take a break and save the rest for tomorrow.
Scenes from above and Ms. Colombia, a tease that I hope brings you back.